EPIC Public Voice Fund

EPIC seeks to promote civil society participation in decisions concerning the future of the Internet and to recognize individuals and NGOs that champion fundamental rights with courage and integrity.

Over 20 years, EPIC has provided funding for many organizations and individuals to advance this vision.

In 2017 EPIC provided funding for:

  • The launch of Lawyers for Good Government
  • The European Digital Rights Initiative
  • The Digital Rights Fund of the Renewable Freedom Foundation
  • A book by Privacy International founder Simon Davies on the history of privacy advocacy
  • The publication in English of a book on The Right to Be Forgotten by former Spanish Data Protection Commissioner Artemi Rallo
  • The Spring 2017 meeting of the International Working Group on Data Protection and Telecommunications
  • The launch of NOYB - European Center for Digital Rights (Austria)
  • The Consumer Federation of America annual dinner (In recognition of an award to Jeff Chester)
  • The 2017 Ridenhour Prize which recognized acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society
  • The Equal Justice Works annual dinner (in recognition of David Stern’s 25th year as Executive Director)
  • The George Washington University workshop on “The EU at a Crossroads: From Technology to High Politics”
  • The launch of Lawyers United
  • Datos Protegidos (Chile)
  • MassAction.EU
  • Articulo 12 (Mexico)
  • Conference on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (Belgium)

In 2018 EPIC provided funding for:

  • AsociaciĆ³n por los Derechos Civiles (Argentina)
  • The Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood
  • The Center for Digital Democracy
  • CPDP2019: "Data Protection and Democracy" (Belgium)
  • Domain Name Rights Coalition
  • The European Digital Rights Initiative
  • NGO participation in the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners
  • Public Citizen (annual dinner)
  • The 2018 Ridenhour Prize which recognizes acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice and illuminate a more just vision of society
  • The Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue
  • Verified Voting

Criteria for consideration

  • Work aligned with EPIC Public Voice mission
  • Annual budget below USD 500,000
  • Non-profit status or non-profit sponsor
  • Free of corporate or government conflict

Application requirement

Brief letter, approximately 2 to 3 pages. Organizations are asked to provide: name, data and country of incorporation, mission, names of directors, URL, and approximate annual budget

Grant amounts are typically for 5,000 USD.

For more information contact publicvoicefund@epic.org.

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